Technology and Web-Based Services

VoMaSmart Finds Success with SCORE

Jeani Burns, creator of VoMaSmart (Volunteer Management Social and Smart) a volunteer software that allows volunteers to manage themselves online needed help getting her business off the ground. Jeani who was unfamiliar with promoting and pricing software, reached out to a friend for advice. Jeani's friend advised her to reach out to SCORE. Soon after, Jeani was matched with SCORE mentor Harold Rappoport.

Owner/Founder
Jeani Burns
My Location
Baltimore MD
United States
My Successes

VoMaSmart's very first and current client is Wine in the Woods, one of the largest wine festivals on the east coast that attracts between 20,000 to 30,000 visitors annually.

VoMaSmart is currently working on a complete new upgrade with many more reporting features and languages that will accommodate individuals from around the world.

 

In August, 2014 www.richmond2015 signed on with VoMaSmart. The World Road Cycling Championships (Worlds) is cycling’s pinnacle event, held annually in an international city as chosen by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) through a competitive bidding process similar to the Olympic Games.

The Worlds is a nine-day event, featuring 12 Championship races for Elite Men and Women, Under 23 Men and Junior Men and Women. It is a rare opportunity for the athletes to compete for their country, just as they do during the Olympic Games. Athletes compete in three different disciplines including the traditional Road Race, the Individual Time Trial and the recently introduced Team Time Trial. World Champions are crowned in each discipline.

The Worlds is truly one of the great global sporting events. It is covered by more than 500 media outlets from around the world and is broadcast live to a global audience of more than 300 million people.

 

What's Great About My Mentor?

"When we met, it was perfect because Harold is a software person and he knew exactly how to advise me. He knew what questions to ask, helped me put a pricing structure together and he helped me learn how to market our product and make sure we don’t hire too many people as we grow. Harold was the leveling force all the way through the process," says Jeani.

How SCORE Helped

SCORE assisted Jeani with creating a business plan, marketing plan, helped formulate a business model and helped analyze pricing and product placement.

"I’ve made so many mistakes in past businesses and I didn’t want to make the same mistakes again. It’s like having a friend who is there to listen to you and advise you. I know if I slip and  fall, they’ll be there to pick me up and give me good advice," says Jeani.

Will Paul

Will Paul

Current City: West Orange, NJ

There are patterns to success; and failure.  My goal is to help my clients identify and leverage the strategies that lead to success. I'm an engineer by trade, a hacker (programmer subculture) by nature. I'm a software architect with over 20 years of business and technical experience and the president of a non-profit organization focusing on STEM education, entrepreneurship and career development. I ask myself everyday "what are you doing for others?" My answer is always the same: Help tons of students and their families and others, young or old, improve their education, develop their career, and enter the entrepreneurial space"

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BS/MS in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology</p>

Michael Farmer

Michael Farmer

Current City: Aiken, SC

Technology and Web based services (cable television, phone and internet). Non-profit organizations. Strongest skill areas: Marketing; Financial Modeling; Business Process and Operations.

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Education

                . Bachelor of Science: Business Administration - Indiana State University

                . Masters in Business Administration - Indiana University

                . University of Chicago Executive Development Program

 

Mike Byrnes

Mike Byrnes

Current City: North Richland Hills, TX
Chapter: Fort Worth SCORE

I help entrepreneurs and business owners to

- identify goals

- establish priorities and actions

- locate necessary tools

- create structure and accountability

- interpret results

- consider alternatives

- obtain financial resources

 

2005 - 2013 New Mexico Small Business Development network

During 8 years working with small businesses in a small Southeast New Mexico resort community, I mentored:

- hundreds of entrepreneurs in the pre-venture stage,

- almost as many existing small businesses needing help with financial or operational issues,

- and more than a dozen businesses working through ownership transitions.

 

September 2011 - June 2013 New Mexico State University

  • Finance Instructor

September 2004 - June 2011 Eastern New Mexico University

  • Finance Instructor

 

1979 – 2001 Banker and entrepreneur Austin, TX

  • Commercial banker for several banks during the years when the banking roulette wheel spun from energy to real estate to technology.

  • Started one of the first internet service providers in Austin in 1994. Sold it to a telecom company in 1996. Was a founding member of a startup that provided turnkey, internet-over-cable systems for independent cable operators and took the company public in 2000.

  • Learned the hard facts about irrational exuberance during the dot com boom and bust, but managed to maintain perspective and apply those lessons to an encore career as a business advisor.

1972 – 1979 Bankers Trust Co Wall Street

  • International banker and bond trader.

 

 

Volunteer work

 

2008 – 2013 Treasurer of the Resource Conservation and Development Council

 

2009 – 2014  Advisory Council Member of the NM Small Business Assistance Program

2013 – 2014 Finance Committee member Alto Lakes Golf and Country Club


 

 

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Ask SCORE

          All the recent news stories about large companies having their data breached makes me wonder: What can a small business do to protect information stored in the cloud? 

About the Author

          This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration. 

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Barry Marks

Barry Marks

Current City: Montville, NJ

Graduate Electrical Engineer. Computer designer for Department of Defense and NASA in mid-1960s. Extensive experience in business planning, marketing and systems analysis with Honeywell, IBM and At&t -- all in Com[uters and Communications. Since the late 1980s I have been a management consultant focusing on assisting clients in marketing, business planning and strategic planning in technology related industries. Currently a founding partner and Senior Consultant with a firm I helped start 9 years ago,

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BSEE for NCE</p>

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Mike Limbach

Mike Limbach

Current City: Woodland Park, CO

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Education

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John Rhind

John Rhind

Current City: Hilliard, OH
Chapter: Columbus SCORE

John is a senior marketing leader who's spent his entire career involved with marketing communications. He has a dual perspective of advertising agency & client-side experience in both B2B and B2C market segments. Most recently he worked at McGraw-Hill Education  as director of content marketing and social media where he directed strategic planning, public relations, social media, content marketing, search engine optimization, web development, advertising (print and online), branding and results measurement. 

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Education

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Bachelor of Science, Scripps School of Journalism / Public Relations, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio</p>

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<strong>Certification</strong></p>

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Inbound Marketing Certified Professional</li>
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AdWeek Media School</li>
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HubSpot Inbound Marketing,</li>
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Google Analytics,</li>
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Strategic Marketing Planning,</li>
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Mike Nikolich

Mike Nikolich

Current City: Barrington, IL
Chapter: Chicago SCORE

Media and Communications, Marketing, Advertising and Creative Services, Technology and Web-Based Services, Non-Profit Public and Professional Organizations.

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Education

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL -- Currently pursuing my Executive MBA (class of 2016).

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL -- Bachelor of Science degrees in Marketing and Journalism in 1979.

Harper College, Palatine, IL -- Graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration in 1977.

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